Alan Shearer pinpoints lack of balance in “half-hearted” Man Utd team

Manchester United are playing “half-heartedly” and not as a team, according to Alan Shearer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under huge pressure following United’s disappointing 4-2 defeat by Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

United took the lead through Mason Greenwood’s long-range strike in the first half and appeared set for a point when Marcus Rashford came off the bench to make it 2-2 after 82 minutes.

But United conceded straight from the resulting kick-off to Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka netted another in injury-time to ensure the team’s winless run in the league extended to three games.

The away team looked disorganised and wide open and Leicester were worthy winners at the King Power Stadium, prompting Shearer to lay into Solskjaer’s side.

“They will always score goals, Man United, because of the brilliance they have going forwards,” the Premier League’s record goalscorer said on Match of the Day.

“But you cannot press if you haven’t got that aggression. If you don’t know what to do, then you’ve got to sit back and be compacted as a team.

“The team I saw today, Man United, didn’t know whether to go, didn’t know whether to sit. When they did go it was half-hearted and not as a team.”

United have now won just one of their last five games in all competitions and that 2-1 win over Villarreal in the Champions League was extremely fortuitous, coming thanks to a dramatic late winner from Cristiano Ronaldo.

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They have now kept just one clean sheet in their last 19 games across all competitions and former Manchester City defender Micah Richards attributes the blame to Solskjaer.

“They don’t really have an identity,” Richards said.

“When you think of Man United of the past, they have wingers, getting strikers into the box, midfielders getting into the box also.

“But now it just looks like they’re trying to keep everybody happy – players, individually.

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“They are quality players – Ronaldo, Pogba, Fernandes. These players should be shining – Sancho, Rashford came in and scored a goal today, Martial scored a couple of weeks ago.

“They have got an array of talent but they don’t know what they’re doing with the talent.

“Ole has to make some harsh decisions now. Whether he leaves one of his big guns out, puts one of them on the bench, and just goes back to basics and finds the plan of how to get this team playing together.”

United now face a difficult run, with Atalanta home and away in the Champions League and Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City the next opponents in the Premier League.

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